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Shugg scores hat trick as Spitfires open OHL final with rout of Battalion

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Justin Shugg scored a hat trick and Andrei Loktionov had a pair of goals Wednesday as the Windsor Spitfires hammered the Brampton Battalion 10-1 to take a 1-0 lead in their Ontario Hockey League final series.

Loktionov opened the scoring midway through the first period when he deflected a slapshot from the blue-line by Harry Young.

Josh Day replied for the Battalion on a power play when his shot from the top of the left face-off circle deflected off Windsor centre Scott Timmins and caught a surprised Andrew Engelage off guard in Windsor's net.

Loktionov, with his second of the game, league play-off scoring leader Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique also scored before the end of the first period to put the Spitfires, the top-ranked team in the OHL all season, up 4-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Lane MacDermid, Eric Wellwood and former Battalion Conor O'Donnell had Windsor's other goals. Despite the game's lopsided score, there was little emotion and physical play in the game. The contest featured two fights and there was little interaction after whistles.

Battalion netminder Thomas McCollum, the first round draft choice of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, was pulled in the second period after surrendering Wellwood's goal, the Spitfires sixth of the game on their 25th shot. He was replaced by Patrick Killeen, who allowed four goals, including all three of Shugg's in the third period.

The pair of Brampton puckstoppers combined for 34 saves, while Engelage made 22 stops in picking up the win.

The series continues Friday night in Brampton.

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